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SUNY Potsdam Law Enforcement Training Institute Recognizes Spring Graduates

June 5, 2018

Clockwise, from top left: Cadets Jonathan Mitchell, Jacob Habecker, University Police Instructor Lt. Shane Ashley, UP Chief Timothy Ashley II, Police Training Director Sonny Duquette, and cadets Joshua Blagrove, Tyler Prine, Brandy Mack, Daniel Anglim, Paulina Gyamerah, Anna-Rose Bertin, Jaime Hoskins, Paulette Rosario and Brandon Lummis.

Eleven cadets recently graduated from SUNY Potsdam's Law Enforcement Training Institute, which provides students with the unique opportunity to complete a rigorous pre-employment, state-approved police training as part of their undergraduate curriculum.

The cadets celebrated their completion of the program with a ceremony on May 12. The cohort of 11 cadets graduated from the 15-week program after successfully completing Phase 1 of the New York State Municipal Basic Police Training, which includes 56 of the full 60 components. Phase 2, which comprises the final four components, can only be completed by recently hired officers.

As a New York State-accredited police academy, SUNY Potsdam's Law Enforcement Training Institute offers instruction in defensive tactics, emergency medical services, emergency vehicle operation, applying field sobriety tests, processing crime scenes and a plethora of other training topics.

“By having both a bachelor’s degree and basic police training on their resumes, our graduates’ chances of being hired have now risen very drastically. And not every cadet is looking to use this training just for police work. We have some using it in hopes of getting into corrections, border patrol, customs and immigration, the forest service, the FBI and the mental health field, to name a few,” said Law Enforcement Training Institute Director Albert “Sonny” Duquette.

The Spring 2018 graduates included:

  • Daniel Anglim of Bayport, N.Y.
  • Anna-Rose Bertin of Marathon, Ontario
  • Joshua Blagrove of Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Paulina Gyamerah of the Bronx, N.Y.
  • Jacob Habecker of Palmyra, N.Y.
  • Jaime Hoskins of Fairport, N.Y.
  • Brandon Lummis of Oxford, N.Y.
  • Brandy Mack of Syracuse, N.Y.
  • Jonathan Mitchell of Ballston Spa, N.Y.
  • Tyler Prine of Poughquag, N.Y.
  • Paulette Rosario of the Bronx, N.Y.

The Law Enforcement Training Institute is a joint initiative of the Donald and Kathryn Lougheed Center for Applied Learning, the Department of Sociology and University Police.

The Law Enforcement Training Institute has a maximum availability of 30 students per cohort, and top priority for acceptance is given to SUNY Potsdam criminal justice students. For any remaining slots, the institute is also open to SUNY Potsdam students completing different areas of study. To learn more, visit

In order to be eligible for the SUNY Potsdam Law Enforcement Training Institute, candidates must be a junior or senior in their undergraduate studies, have a minimum of a 2.5 grade point average and possess a driver's license.

Community members or students from other institutions may contact the Office of Transfer Admissions to discuss their eligibility for the program, by visiting

The SUNY Potsdam Criminal Justice Studies Program provides a broad interdisciplinary liberal arts orientation, with course requirements in philosophy, politics and sociology, and the opportunity for students to elect to study courses in anthropology, chemistry and psychology. The SUNY Potsdam Department of Sociology offers both a major and a minor in criminal justice studies. For more information, visit

Founded in 1816, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America’s first 50 colleges—and the oldest institution within SUNY. Now in its third century, SUNY Potsdam is distinguished by a legacy of pioneering programs and educational excellence. The College currently enrolls approximately 3,600 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its challenging liberal arts and sciences core, distinction in teacher training and culture of creativity. To learn more, visit

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